I've copied this post with the permission of the author (who wishes to remain anonymous) because I feel some of it may benefit those who, like me, didn't really understand how or why the recent attack in the US transpired. This is not an effort to excuse what happened, but hopefully explain why it could, and possibly did. Begin post: Ok, this really is the last word from me, and this time I mean it. IMO the kind of history lessons that pass for "education" in our schools leaves a lot to be desired. It's hard for me to know where to begin at times, and for the average hoe-dee-doe citizen here, there often isn't even a blip on the radar that something might be amiss with how people in the US are taught to understand the world around us. I don't have the time, energy or inclination to try and undo such a process here, but here are some suggestions of alternate news (as well as interpretations of said news) sources for anybody interested: http://www.indymedia.org.il - yes, in Israel, but better that interested people go and visit instead of me trying to explain. <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.theworldnews.com.au/>http://www.theworldnews.com.au/</A> - for so-called "straight" news using western world journalistic standards, but without all of the repetitious emoting and reprising that characterizes major news syndicates in the US, and more recently the BBC as well. Suffice to say, I disagree with the way the whole "personal tragedy" angle is wrought and over-wrought in our media 24 hours a day. There are other more effective and dignified ways to take care of our hurt and our dead than with such an incredibly cynical display. And for anyone interested in possible books, give this one a try: "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn Seriously, set aside all the CNN, ABC, school text books and whathaveyou, just for a few minutes. You can always pick them up again later if the info above is truly that unpalatable. I don't know about the rest of you, but frankly, I'm scared. There are helicopters circling over my apartment building here in Seattle, shining their spotlights every which way. This does not make me feel safe. No amount of fancy technology or violent escalation committed by the US government will be of any protection to either a citizen's rights here, or to our safety, or to a peaceful future. We can bring all of our Star Wars and destroyers and aircraft and napalm to bear down with all the righteousness of America and God that we want, but the only thing that's going to lead to is more and more "creative" and "well-coordinated" violence against people unable to defend themselves, no matter which country they're from.